“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Trinidad in Las Animas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Temple Aaron 1889

Temple Aaron 1889 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, June 2019
1. Temple Aaron 1889 Marker
Inscription.  Jews have been part of Trinidad's social, economic and political life since first arriving as traders along the Sante Fe Trail. Maurice and Isaac Wise opened a store on Main Street in 1867. The Jaffa Brothers' Trading Company was established in 1872. Sam Jaffa was elected as Trinidad's first mayor in 1876. The Jaffa brothers, Sam, Henry and Sol, built Trinidad's Jaffa Opera House in 1882. In 1883 Trinidad's Jewish community formally organized Southern Colorado's first Jewish congregation, which also drew members from Northern New Mexico. Fundraising began with ecumenical support from the non-Jewish community. Temple Aaron, designed by famed architect Isaac Hamilton Rapp in the popular hybrid Exotic Revival-Moorish style, was dedicated in 1889. The Congregation's spiritual leader was Rabbi Leopold Freudenthal. It was affiliated with the Reform Movement and sponsored an early B'Nai Brith chapter. For 130 years and counting, Temple Aaron has visibly affirmed the American principles of Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Religion.
Erected 2019 by Colorado Preservation, Inc., City of Trinidad, Temple Aaron
Temple Aaron 1889 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, June 2019
2. Temple Aaron 1889 Marker
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Community, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers ✡️ series list.
Location. 37° 9.986′ N, 104° 30.165′ W. Marker is in Trinidad, Colorado, in Las Animas County. Marker is at the intersection of South Maple Street and East 3rd Street, on the left when traveling north on South Maple Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 407 South Maple Street, Trinidad CO 81082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cathay Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Santa Fe Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Women & Children's March, 1914 (approx. ¼ mile away); Coal Miners' Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Coal Miner's Canary (approx. ¼ mile away); A Clash of Cultures (approx. ¼ mile away); Trinidad's First City Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Last Coal Burning Steam Engine (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trinidad.
Regarding Temple Aaron 1889. The marker was dedicated on June 22, 2019.

Temple Aaron, though not open on a regular basis for religious services, is the oldest functioning Jewish house of worship West of the Mississippi River.
Temple Aaron 1889 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jerry Klinger, June 2019
3. Temple Aaron 1889 Marker

National Landmark status is being sought for the Temple.
Also see . . .  2017 - Temple Aaron (YouTube, 5 min.). (Submitted on June 24, 2019.)
Additional keywords. JASHP
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Apr. 13, 2021